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    St. Louis, MO
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    Leathercraft, vintage bicycles and my family.

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  1. Wrapping the end of thick leather cord

    This is a pictorial on how to terminate handlebar tape that details a method similar to what is described above. http://www.cyclofiend.com/Images/rbw/pdf/original_twineforsite.pdf The hooks are called fish hooks or open hooks, sometimes other names. Google brass fish hook wallet clip. You'll find lots of sources.
  2. Leathercrafting helped save my life

    Good luck in your recovery! I am a fellow cancer survivor. Attitude helps, but my faith sustains me. Right now I am cancer-free but the doctor is reluctant to use the word "cured". So on it goes until the next blood test. Keep on keeping on friend!
  3. Personally I would use a chisel, a very small one if you have it. The diamond-shaped chisels do have bigger tooth profiles as compared to many pricking irons so go with as small as you can. If using a pricking iron, just don't allow it to cut all of the way through. Just a light tap, to mark the line only.
  4. Utility messenger bag with a little surprise

    Very nice! It has a soft, supple look to it and I like the way the flap will protect against anything, rain, dirt, etc., entering the sides.
  5. What's going on here?

    This happens to me sometimes, particularly on thinner leather and with Fiebing's Oil Dye. I think it is just a natural phenomenon. I am in the construction products industry and believe me, you wouldn't believe what can happen to products like concrete while they are drying. Concrete tends to shrink, but curl up around the edges, not too dissimilar to what you are experiencing, albeit quite a bit less! I agree with wetting and slicking the backside. Should it stretch you can always cut it square again.
  6. Propper saddle stitch attempts

    Tandy website shows one type, Tanner's Bond.
  7. Propper saddle stitch attempts

    I use the Tandy double-sided tape and have experienced a little gumminess, but it didn't affect the look of the stitch. I don't think time has much to do with it but I could be wrong. Tandy has two types of adhesive tape if I remember. One is more aggressive than the other. Don't remember which I use.
  8. Propper saddle stitch attempts

    Yes, both have generously put up free videos on youtube and I highly recommend them. Hope I can get over to your side of the pond someday. I envy the fact you got to see Nigel's presentation in person. He has helped countless people in their development, most of whom he'll never know.
  9. How are leather boxes made?

    There are also many types of "boxes", from tubs or pill boxes, boxes with flaps, boxes with nesting lids, etc. I second Mike's recommendation and also recommend you look at Nigel Armitage's youtube video on box stitching. He reveals a special clam made for doing square or rectangular boxes. It is very informative.
  10. Thread size matters!?

    1mm Tiger with around 6 or 7 spi sounds like the ticket
  11. Thread size matters!?

    Helps to know what kind of seat. Is it a "mattress" saddle? How much of the stitching will show? Post a pic for the best responses. And remember strength is important too, so don't sacrifice durability for looks. Are you machine or hand stitching?
  12. New

    Welcome! As was pointed out, your stitching on the black belt isn't even on the distance from the edge. Invest in an adjustable groover. You don't need to cut a groove, just lightly scratch the leather. All you want is a consistent line. If you have a compass for drawing circles that can work. Wing dividers are like a compass and are the preferred way to scribe a line for stitching. It feels good to make something that actually works, doesn't it?
  13. Overcoming a buzzkill?

    First of all, you are always going to find someone you believe is more talented than you, so don't sweat it. Second, I agree with Rodney, your work looks great. I think once you get past the cool looks, the wallet is sort of gimmicky. At least to me. Not saying they aren't well thought out, but I'm not a coin purse guy and I am skeptical that the coins are going to lay so nice in the wallet compartment. Maybe they do. Not a fan of their bags at all. So it just goes to show you, taste is very personal and that is why variety is so important. BTW, I play golf. When I hit a good shot, I am very happy. I don't think to myself, "yeah, but Tiger Woods would have hit it better. Don't compare. Aim high but be the best you can be.
  14. Wholesale sourcing

    I recommend you try Springfield Leather Co. They may not have the hardware but certainly have all of the dyes, glues and goops you need. They have a website where you can check the hardware. Plus, like Weaver, they support this site!
  15. Calculating prong punching distances?

    Very helpful templates! I'd not seen them before, thanks for sharing.